Inherent Dignity Who are we? Why are we here? How should we live?
Inherent Dignity Inherent: in the very fabric of our being; cannot be taken away from us. We are born with it. A gift from God Made in Gods image and likeness Have intelligence Have free will Able to love and be loved Immortal soul Human dignity
Human Beings Uniqueness Unique DNA Varying degrees of intelligence How we use our free will Quantity and quality of relationships Each of us has unique or different abilities but we are all of the same value and worth because of the love of God
We are created as Good Made in the image and likeness of God Unique creatures of the creation Incarnation affirms the basic goodness of the world in general, humanity in particular Jesus would not have come into the world if it were not good Jesus would not have assumed a human nature if it were not good
Image and Likeness of God Fundamental dignity We have value and worth because God made us in His image. This is the basis for human dignity and our claim to human rights no matter how we look, what we do or what others say. Reflection of God in this world We image God to others in this world We are the visible face of God to others Jesus as our model Jesus gives dignity to humankind Ministers to all people with respect and love
Intellect and Free Will Intellect Think and reason Make wise decisions Pursue truths of a higher order Free Will Conscience Aid to our decision making Moral decisions Choose freely what to do Act Of our own will, without coercion
To Love and Be Loved How did Jesus love? Spoke the truth Healed Showed mercy Willingly gave his life for us How does he want us to love? Love God above all Love others as he has loves us Seek the good for others even at our own expense
Stewardship Creators gift Gods gracious gift that destined all material creatures for the good of the human race Intended for all Original gift of God to the human race All people are entitled to their needs Right to private property, possessions Call to stewardship Dominion to care for and use but not to abuse or use for selfish purposes Environmental protection Earthly goods belong equally to the future humankind
Men and Women Created for each other Revealed in the creation story of Genesis Created as equals Equal in dignity, rights, and capacity to be a sign of Gods presence in the world Different physically Created with the gift of Sexuality Love, procreation, and bonding Chastity, the virtue that helps us successfully integrate our sexuality into the total person.
Human Dignity The heart of human dignity consists of these three fundamental truths: 1.We are all created as good 2.We are in need of salvation 3.We are meant for eternal life in the glory of Gods holy presence
In Need of Redemption The Fall brought sin into the world and has been part of the human experience since. Affected our human nature in that it is now weakened and inclined to sin. (Concupiscence) Because God loves us, he sent Jesus to expiate that sin, Jesus undoes what Adam did Baptism heals our wounded nature and gives us the grace to fight temptation and sin Jesus restored what we lost
Redeemed Justified Through Gods loving action we are cleansed of our sin and made right through our faith in Jesus the Christ Sanctified The work of the Holy Spirit that makes us, as individuals, holy with our cooperation. Salvation through faith and actions
Bound for Glory Ultimate destiny: eternal life in the glory of Gods holy presence Beatific vision Sharing in the sacramental life strengthens us for the journey and enables us to attain this ultimate destiny
Revelation of Inherent Dignity Assumed our human nature (Incarnation) Restored our image that was tarnished from sin Ensured our ultimate destiny Eternal life in the glory of Gods holy presence Revealed our inherent dignity All people have been created in Gods image Men and women are equal partners Life is sacred, at all its stages, from conception to natural death
How to Follow Jesus Evangelical Counsels: Practices over and above the adherence to the commandments and precepts of the Church Poverty Chastity Obedience Beatitudes Guidelines for living in holiness and for happiness Works of Mercy Corporal works Spiritual works
Evangelical Counsels Poverty Avoid putting undue value on material things and wealth Chastity Integrate sexuality in to our total person. We are physical, emotional, intellectual, social, moral and spiritual persons in addition to sexual. Dress, speak, act, think in a modest way. Obedience Obey God and official authority
Beatitudes Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Works of Mercy Corporal (physical) To feed the hungry; To give drink to the thirsty; To clothe the naked; To shelter the homeless; To visit the sick; To ransom the captive; To bury the dead. Spiritual To instruct the ignorant ; To counsel the doubtful ; To admonish sinners ; To bear wrongs patiently; To forgive offences willingly; To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead
Respect for Human Life Sacred gift of life God gives life only God can take life Killing at any stage is a violation of the fifth commandment cides, torture, trafficking and degrading conditions Dignity of the body At lifes beginning Abortion, the intentional termination of any pregnancy, in any circumstances Genetic alteration IVF and other artificial methods of conceiving a child At lifes end Euthanasia, the direct action or deliberate and purposeful lack of action that causes the death of a person who is sick, disabled or dying.